Andrew Remillard | YOUTUBE CHANNEL of the week

Andrew Remillard's YouTube channel is a great resource for finding and learning hymn melodies. He has recorded entire hymnals and continues to upload new videos regularly. Besides hymns, he has also recorded some classical music by various composers. Here are the links to his channel pages, as well as to his website:

So go check it out, and enjoy the beautiful melodies. Here's a sample:

"O may we ever praise Him with heart and life and voice,
And in His blissful presence eternally rejoice!"
Jean­ette Threl­fall


harvest paintings | PAINTINGS of the week

A Golden Harvest
John Clayton Adams

Harvest Time, Surrey
John Clayton Adams

Returning from the Harvest
John Clayton Adams

Haymaking near Amberley
James Aumonier

A Surrey Cornfield
George Cole

A Surrey Harvest
George Cole

At Arundel, Sussex
George Cole

August Days
George Cole

Landscape — Harvest Time
George Cole

The Last Load
George Cole

The Veteran in a New Field
Winslow Homer

Harvest Scene in the Delaware Valley
George Inness

Corn Stooks in a Mountainous River Landscape
Sidney Richard Percy

Edmund George Warren
c. 1870s

"he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together."
John 4:36


Sandra Jean Schmuck | PERSON of the week

On June 10, 1959, "Sandy" Schmuck was born Sandra Jean Greene in Warren, Michigan to Wyatt F. and Bessie M. Greene. She moved to Pensacola, Florida in 1977 and graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 1980. Two years later, she married Ronald Michael Schmuck. They had three children. Sandy Schmuck taught for many years at Pensacola Christian Academy and through the A Beka Academy homeschool program. After a battle with cancer, she passed away on October 6, 2011 at the age of 52.

As part of the A Beka Academy homeschooling program, I had Mrs. Schmuck for 8th grade, 9th grade, and 11th grade English classes. She was one of my favorite teachers, and impacted my life by encouraging me both academically and spiritually. Mrs. Schmuck was an encourager. She depended on God despite her struggles. The poem below the video is an excerpt from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "A Psalm of Life." Longfellow was Mrs. Schmuck's favorite poet, and we memorized the selection in one of her English classes.

"Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

"Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

"Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait."

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring | CHORALE of the week

Johann Sebastian Bach statue outside Thomaskirche in Leipzig, GermanyAccording to Wikipedia, "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring is the most common English title of a piece of music derived from the 10th and last movement of the cantata Herz und Mund unt Tat und Leben, BWV 147 ("Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life"), composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1716 and 1723." The basic melody for this chorale was written by Johann Schop. Johann Sebastian Bach harmonized and orchestrated it. The words below are not the original words Bach used. Written by the poet Robert Bridges, they are the most commonly-heard English words associated with this piece.

Jesu, joy of man's desiring,
Holy wisdom, love most bright;
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.

Word of God, our flesh that fashioned,
With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying round Thy throne.

Through the way were hope is guiding,
Hark, what peaceful music rings;
Where the flock, in Thee confiding,
Drinking of joy from deathless springs.

Theirs is beauty's fairest pleasure;
Theirs is wisdom's holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead Thine own
In the love of joys unknown.

"Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory"
1 Peter 1:8


"All Lights Burning Bright" | SONG of the week

Lead vocal: David Francey
Guitar: Craig Werth
Bouzouki: Craig Werth
Fiddle: Geoff Somers
Percussion: Shane Simpson
Backing vocals: The Boys Brigade Irregulars
Album: Right of Passage
Album year: 2007

We were standing the last watch

At the close of the day—
Three days on the water
Out from Thunder Bay.

'Cross Superior, Huron,

And into St. Clair,
On a bright day in summer
I found myself there.

Dead calm on the water

As blue as the sky,
And we waved from the water
As we slowly passed by.

We entered Lake Erie.

It was late in the day.
You could see that storm coming 
From a mile away.

We had all lights burning bright,

All lights burning bright.

That storm overtook us,

And it fell like the night,
And the Point and the Island,
They passed out of sight.

But we sailed on rock steady,

Set course through the storm,
As the sky fell upon us
And the wind drove us on.

We had all lights burning bright,
All lights burning bright.

And I thought to myself
I'd be just like this ship
If I kept my light burning
On every trip.

The watch it was ended

With the turn of the night,
And I wrote in that log book
All lights burning bright.

We had all lights burning bright,

All lights burning bright.

"On lake boats the last entry in the Watch Log Book at the end of each shift reads 'All navigation lights burning brightly.' I took this phrase as a metaphor for life. Keep your own light shining…brightly."
David Francey


Psalm 98:1 | VERSE of the week

"O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things"


It's been five years since the first "of the week" was published!

The journey continues . . .

Looking Down the Yosemite Valley Albert Bierstadt 1865 painting detail


Isaiah 40 | BIBLE PASSAGE of the week

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her,
that her warfare is accomplished,
that her iniquity is pardoned:
for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness,
Prepare ye the way of the LORD,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be exalted,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low:
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough places plain:
and the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together:
for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

The voice said, Cry.
And he said, What shall I cry?
All flesh is grass,
and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
the grass withereth, the flower fadeth:
because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it:
surely the people is grass.
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:
but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

O Zion, that bringest good tidings,
get thee up into the high mountain;
O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings,
lift up thy voice with strength;
lift it up, be not afraid;
say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand,
and his arm shall rule for him:
behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd:
he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
and carry them in his bosom,
and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
and meted out heaven with the span,
and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure,
and weighed the mountains in scales,
and the hills in a balance?
Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD,
or being his counsellor hath taught him?
With whom took he counsel,
and who instructed him,
and taught him in the path of judgment,
and taught him knowledge,
and shewed to him the way of understanding?
Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket,
and are counted as the small dust of the balance:
behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn,
nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
All nations before him are as nothing;
and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

To whom then will ye liken God?
or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
The workman melteth a graven image,
and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold,
and casteth silver chains.
He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation
chooseth a tree that will not rot;
he seeketh unto him a cunning workman
to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.

Have ye not known? have ye not heard?
hath it not been told you from the beginning?
have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth,
and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers;
that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain,
and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
that bringeth the princes to nothing;
he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
Yea, they shall not be planted;
yea, they shall not be sown:
yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth:
and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither,
and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.

To whom then will ye liken me,
or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high,
and behold who hath created these things,
that bringeth out their host by number:
he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might,
for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel,
My way is hid from the LORD,
and my judgment is passed over from my God?
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard,
that the everlasting God, the LORD,
the Creator of the ends of the earth,
fainteth not, neither is weary?
there is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint;
and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
and the young men shall utterly fall:
but they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.

"There's a billion stars in the Milky Way alone*—that's one little galaxy. And He knows the name of a billion stars, but scientists tell us there's between one and two billion other galaxies. Is your God too small?"
Chip Ingram

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